New York State Archery in the Schools Program
DEC hosted the 11th annual New York National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament on March 15th at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. More than 600 students from 32 school districts across the state enrolled, and they shot more than 20,000 arrows in the event.
Each competitor in the state tournament could achieve a maximum score of 300 points. There are three divisions: high school (grades 9-12); middle school, (grades 6-8); and elementary school (grades 4-5). Both overall top winners were from St. Joseph by The Sea
High School in Richmond County: with a score of 291, the overall top male archer in the tournament was Daniel Pearson; with a score of 284, the top female archer in the tournament was Annalise Loscalzo with a score of 284. Annalise and Daniel each received a trophy, a Genesis bow, NASP® bow case, and a Hurricane target. DEC also gave awards out in each of the three divisions for first through 10th places.
The first-place team in the high school division was St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Richmond County. The first-place team in the middle school division was Norwich City School District in Chenango County. The first-place team in the elementary division was Arkport Central School in Steuben County. DEC also awarded trophies in each of the three divisions for first, second and third places.
Individuals who placed in the top 10 in their division, and teams that placed first in each of the three divisions, qualify to compete and represent New York State at the National NASP® Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky from May 9th – 11th.
Schools with students who qualified for the National Tournament include: Arkport Central School, Canaseraga Central School, Genesee Valley Central School, Hinsdale Central School District, Holland Central School, Johnsburg Central School, Liverpool Middle School, Midlakes Middle School, Mohawk Valley Christian Academy, Norwich City School District, Salamanca Central School, Schroon Lake Central School, and St. Joseph by the Sea High School.
NASP® continues to grow at the national level with more than 2.3 million students participating in the program during the 2017-18 school year. More than 13,000 schools in 47 states, Washington D.C., Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia have adopted the program. In New York, 400 schools from 222 school districts participate in the program and more than 40,000 students participated during the 2017-18 school year.
The New York State NASP® Tournament is offered only to students who participated in the NASP archery program during in-school classes taught by certified NASP® teachers. For more information on how schools can become involved in NASP® and to view DEC's photo gallery, visit DEC's website. To learn more about the National Archery in the Schools Program, visit the NASP website.